Good evening, it's Thursday February 25th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. I'm Ben Michael, thank you for joining us!
Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight iThe Middlesex Drum Circle meets for an evening of rhythm. Tomorrow (Friday) evening, Switch Factory takes the stage for musical improvisation and down-home vocal harmonies. On Saturday, you can catch a new class of Transitional Tai Chi, in the morning and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop right after. The Jolly Beggars bring a blend of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood Saturday evening. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight Jazz Haven presents the Jovan Alexandre Quartet. Friday evening, you can catch Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen for soulful and funky pop tunes. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band and later Saturday night Manic Production and Café Nine present Greyhounds with Tracy Jo and the Toads. The Sunday matinee features the band Snake Hill Blues playing a wide range of blues standards with a rock edge while Sunday evening showcases Drag Bingo with Robin Banks www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow (Friday) evening brings the Bright Night Winterfest 2 to Toad’s Place; Ragepak, Daps, DJ I95, Gringo Loco and Jorce perform. Also Friday evening, Afton Present the bands Get Your Bread University, Interstate Underground, Lawnchair Pilots, Madman, Savage Panda and Yesteryear.
Tonight Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven hosts The Donavan Brothers. Saturday night, the bands Consider the Source, Mushroom Cloud, Polluter perform for night of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelics jams and hard rocking rhythm.
Tonight, Manic Productions in New Haven present artists Del McCoury and David Grisman with Professors of Bluegrass at the College Street Music Hall
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Friday, you can catch the Nick Moss Band originating form Chicago for a show of traditional blues and progressive blues-rock. Saturday evening, it’s Henricks plays Hendrix, a musical homage to Jimi Hendrix.
This entire week, the 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions continues showcasing various fine artists and designers in Hartford. Artist Alina Gallo has painted a life-sized egg tempera mural directly on the walls of Real Art Ways depicting a train station in Budapest where thousands of Syrian and Afghani refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April. http://www.realartways.org/event/february-creative-cocktail-hour/2016-02-18/
Tonight at The Katherine Heburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate, it’s a showing of the National Theater Live in HD: As You Like It by William Shakespeare. On Saturday, you can catch Broadway star and Tony-winner Betty Buckley in Concert. Rounding out the week, it’s The Kate’s annual red-carpet Oscar Party, hosted Sunday evening. http://katharinehepburntheater.org/
Tonight Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts choreographer, writer and director Ralph Lemon presenting his new and old works about an imagined South, Ceremonies Out of the Air. This Friday, in connection with the exhibition We Chat: A Dialouge in Contemporary Chinese Art, performance artist Yan Xing will present Tales from a Small New England Town. This Saturday you can check out the panel discussion, China’s Youth: Another Cultural Revolution Special. Also this Saturday it’s the Orchestra Children’s Concert and Musical Petting Zoo. Rounding out the weekend, This is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce Part VIII performs for a Sunday afternoon show. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At Russell Library here in Middletown, The Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday, and this week, author William H. Foster reads from his new book Proud to Be in the Service a history on African American military service during World War II. Saturday brings Says Who: A Steven Liskow Writing Workshop on character creation and screenwriting techniques. The last week of Tai Chi lessons is this Saturday and on Sunday, the Hip Hop Culture Slam comes to Russell Library. www.russelllibrary.org
Here in Middletown, tonight Music at the Hubbard House presents a One Concert/One Child house concert featuring Anna Mae, Eric Kuhn, and Yousry. The concert happens at 7:30 at 37 Ridge Road in Middletown. Seating is limited, for reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday (February 28) at the Cypress Restaurant in Middletown, brings the release party for Eric Kuhn's new album Politics and the kickoff of Eric's campaign for the presidency. Eric's new album, Politics is a satiric romp through American politics from 1776 up to today, focusing on the Obama years.
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch the final showing of the film Aferim!, a darkly funny comedy/period piece/Western set in 1835 Romania, and the Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film: A War. The film Rams, a winner at the Cannes Film Festival about two estranged brothers in Iceland reuniting to save the family sheep opens Friday and runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio is National Theater Live in HD performing Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: as we work our way through the our new Spring Schedule.
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience. Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?
At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.
From 9:30-10:30pm stay tuned for UnderCover with Ali and Ben exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation in cover tunes that bridge genres and generations.
At 10:30 it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, who presents a new artist with each show by delving into artists' backgrounds, influences, and personal stories.
From 11:30-12:30am The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides who explores the expression of thoughts through sound: a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus. New soundscapes each show.
At 12:30 Hard on the Spot with DJ Matty C and DJ Nikki brings you the best new music of each week!
From 1:30-2:30am stick around for The Karl Marx History Hour with DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo for a history-infused radio show, in which the hosts play tracks inspired by that episode's historical figure or event.
At you can catch 2:30- R-Evolution with Hyphy and DJ Mos Def Not, presenting socially-conscious music curated by two divergent musical backgrounds. From Public Enemy to Lou Reed, they'll explore tracks that give voice to movement.
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.